I’m pretty sure it’s one of those universal rules, like death and taxes – no one likes Mondays. One of my favorite blogs, Iowa Girl Eats, has a feature called Friday Favorites that I absolutely love. I always look forward to reading through her favorite finds from around the web, so thought, why don’t I create a similar list on Mondays? At least then everyone’s least favorite day will have some redeeming qualities!
Whether you’re searching for something to jump-start your day, or you’re at work and need a mental distraction, scroll down and repeat after me: We will make it through Monday!
Determined pup: Lucy the Beagle. She wants chicken nuggets and nothing will stop her! She moves a chair and conquers a toaster oven in order to get her snack.
Best new cookbook: Founding Farmers Cookbook. This is one of our favorite restaurants in DC, and I’ve been meaning to order their cookbook since it was released in October. I finally picked one up last weekend when we were there for lunch and spent the afternoon reading the book cover to cover. I can’t wait to try all the recipes!
Most inspirational list: 52 Places to Go in 2014 by New York Times. I love to travel, but I can honestly say I’ve never even thought about traveling to half of these places. After reading this article, I immediately updated my travel bucket list.
Unexpected beauty find: Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up highlighter for face. I know I’m super late to the party, but highlighter is the jam. I’ve never used one before, but I received this in my Christmas stocking (thanks Santa/Mom!) and immediately fell in love. This version is easy to apply and imparts a super subtle glow. I use it on my cheekbones and inner corners of my eyes, and it immediately makes me look well rested (even when I’m not).
Nerdiest foodie article: Sourdough Primer by King Arthur Flour. Despite all the breads I’ve learned to make over the past year, sourdough is one I have not yet attempted. Not only did King Arthur take all the scary mystery away from making a sourdough starter, they created an incredibly interesting article. I’m mixing up my starter this week!
Next on my reading list: The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (discovered via this Buzzfeed list). A novel about an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant. There’s food, travel, and humor – what more could you need in a book?
DIY to make ASAP: Baked Chili Cheese Fritos from Minimalist Baker. UM. YES. I’m about 10000% sure my honey would love me even more if I made him these for dinner one night. I’ve struggled long and hard to cut processed junk out of his diet, but my Texas boy misses his Frito pie. This solves the problem and might just save our impending marriage.
Thanks for reading, and Happy Monday!
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